Child Development

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The Child Development Certificate Program provides opportunities to complete various career training certificates that create pathways to entry-level employment in the child care industry or transition to college. The certificate program pathways are designed to prepare students for professional or learning support positions in education, child care settings, and various other child, adolescent and family career opportunities. Emphasis is placed on the study of child growth and development; related standards and regulations; positive guidance techniques; health and nutrition practices, indoor and outdoor environments; and developmental learning strategies.

Student Success

Simone Scano traveled to the United States from a small town near Venice, Italy. Remembering his experience teaching Italian language to youth in Europe inspired him to explore a career path in child development. He completed the free Child Development Certificate program at San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) in spring 2019. “I am happy I finally have the opportunity to study and work in early education. It is important for young children to have a positive male role model in their lives.” Following SDCE, Scano was hired as a Preschool Assistant for the University of California San Diego Early Childhood Education Center.

Simone Scano

Child Care Provider

144 HOURS
8 HOURS PER WEEK
18 WEEKS

An introduction to the foundations of early childcare, including: basic child development, health and safety, nutrition, and behavior management and discipline. Learn practical guidelines for childcare and explore options for careers and vocations in early childcare.

An introduction to topics common to childcare providers, including: licensing, record keeping and insurance; safety, facility preparation and regulations; illness and injury prevention; creative and enriching activities; communication with parents; and menu planning. Course includes practical guidelines for building and/or working in successful and nurturing childcare environments.

Complete two courses:

  • HMDV 575A Foundations of Child Care (72 hours)
  • HMDV 575B Introduction to Child Care Business (72 hours)

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1. Apply

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Receive a student ID number

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2. Create Your MYSDCCD Account

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3. Choose Classes

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Infant Care Specialist

198 HOURS
11 HOURS PER WEEK
18 WEEKS

An introduction to the foundations of early childcare, including: basic child development, health and safety, nutrition, and behavior management and discipline. Learn practical guidelines for childcare and explore options for careers and vocations in early childcare.

An introduction to topics common to childcare providers, including: licensing, record keeping and insurance; safety, facility preparation and regulations; illness and injury prevention; creative and enriching activities; communication with parents; and menu planning. Course includes practical guidelines for building and/or working in successful and nurturing childcare environments.

Students gain knowledge of the physical, cognitive and social/emotional development that takes place during the first year of life. Focus of the course will include ideas for creating a caring and enriching environment that promotes positive infant development and developing skills in family communications, problem-solving and stress reduction for caregivers. Students will explore careers and vocations in Early Childhood Care and Education.

Complete three courses:

  • HMDV 575A Foundations of Child Care (72 hours)
  • HMDV 575B Introduction to Child Care Business (72 hours)
  • HMDV 580 Infant Development and Care (54 hours)

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Class Class Number Status Room Type Hours per Week Dates Instructor Class Notes Class Description version
apply

1. Apply

Complete a free application
(ESL students click here)

Receive a student ID number

create your account

2. Create Your MYSDCCD Account

Follow the online prompts to stay connected via e-mail

sign up for orientation

3. Choose Classes

Pick your class(es) from the schedule above. Copy the class number(s) of the class(es) you want to take.


Child Home Care

288 HOURS
16 HOURS PER WEEK
18 WEEKS

An introduction to the foundations of early childcare, including: basic child development, health and safety, nutrition, and behavior management and discipline. Learn practical guidelines for childcare and explore options for careers and vocations in early childcare.

An introduction to topics common to childcare providers, including: licensing, record keeping and insurance; safety, facility preparation and regulations; illness and injury prevention; creative and enriching activities; communication with parents; and menu planning. Course includes practical guidelines for building and/or working in successful and nurturing childcare environments.

Students learn how to care for and nurture development for multi-age children in an early childhood environment. Emphasis on addressing topics related to the care and nurturing of multiple children include: sibling adjustment, birth order, temperament, family dynamics and parenting styles, communication and stress management, effective discipline and age and gender considerations. Students explore careers and vocations in Early Childhood Care and Education.

Complete three courses:

  • HMDV 575A Foundations of Child Care (72 hours)
  • HMDV 575B Introduction to Child Care Business (72 hours)
  • HMDV 584 Multi-age Development and Care (144 hours)

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1. Apply

Complete a free application
(ESL students click here)

Receive a student ID number

create your account

2. Create Your MYSDCCD Account

Follow the online prompts to stay connected via e-mail

sign up for orientation

3. Choose Classes

Pick your class(es) from the schedule above. Copy the class number(s) of the class(es) you want to take.


Infant & Toddler Development

108 HOURS
6 HOURS PER WEEK
18 WEEKS

Students gain knowledge of the physical, cognitive and social/emotional development that takes place during the first year of life. Focus of the course will include ideas for creating a caring and enriching environment that promotes positive infant development and developing skills in family communications, problem-solving and stress reduction for caregivers. Students will explore careers and vocations in Early Childhood Care and Education.

This course provides the student with information on the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children from 12 months of age to 23 months of age (Toddlers). Emphasis is placed on creating safe and nurturing environments and how toddlers learn and develop through play. Students explore careers and vocations in Early Childhood Care and Education.

Complete two courses:

  • HMDV 580 Infant Development and Care (54 hours)
  • HMDV 581 Toddler Development and Care (54 hours)

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1. Apply

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Receive a student ID number

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2. Create Your MYSDCCD Account

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3. Choose Classes

Pick your class(es) from the schedule above. Copy the class number(s) of the class(es) you want to take.


Early Learner Development

216 HOURS
12 HOURS PER WEEK
18 WEEKS

Students learn about the physical, cognitive and social-emotional development of the 24-36 month-old, including developmentally appropriate expectations and behavior. Focus is placed on the importance of independence, self-regulation, language development, play and learning, safety, and wellness in two-year-olds. Students will explore careers and vocations in early childhood care and education.

Children must be between the ages of 3-5 years. No other children will be admitted.

Course focus is on the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development and education of the three to five-year-old child. Emphasis is on learning how to create a nurturing and safe environment, which fosters emerging skills and school preparedness. Students develop communication and problem solving skills while planning and implementing developmentally appropriate activities with children in a classroom setting.

Complete two courses:

  • HMDV 582 Two Year Old Development and Care (54 hours)
  • HMDV 583 Three to Five Your Old Development and Care (162 hours)

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1. Apply

Complete a free application
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Receive a student ID number

create your account

2. Create Your MYSDCCD Account

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3. Choose Classes

Pick your class(es) from the schedule above. Copy the class number(s) of the class(es) you want to take.


Infant & Toddler Enrichment

99 HOURS
5.5 HOURS PER WEEK
18 WEEKS

With music-based movement and dance, rhythms, rhymes and singing, this course will explore how physical activity supports cognitive learning and socialemotional development in infants and young toddlers. Using multi-sensory props and instruments, students will experience how music and movement promote and sustain early developmental patterns necessary for building a strong foundation between body and brain. Laboratory portion of the course may require students to participate in activities along with children ages 0 to 24 months.

This introductory course focuses on development of the 0 to 24 month old child in outdoor settings. The physical, cognitive and social-emotional benefits of outdoor play and activity for families and children will be emphasized. Students develop ecological and environmental awareness of local outdoor community resources. Students experience, plan and create safe and appropriate outdoor spaces, caring for and stimulating the positive development of infants and toddlers in outdoor settings. Students will explore careers and educational pathways in Early Childhood Care and Education.

Complete two courses:

  • HMDV 585 Infant/Toddler Brain Dance (36 hours)
  • HMDV 590 Infant/Toddler Outdoor Enrichment (63)

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1. Apply

Complete a free application
(ESL students click here)

Receive a student ID number

create your account

2. Create Your MYSDCCD Account

Follow the online prompts to stay connected via e-mail

sign up for orientation

3. Choose Classes

Pick your class(es) from the schedule above. Copy the class number(s) of the class(es) you want to take.


Early Learner Enrichment

117 HOURS
6.5 HOURS PER WEEK
18 WEEKS

This course will explore how physical activity supports cognitive learning and social-emotional development in early learners. Using multi-sensory props and instruments, students will experience how music and movement will promote and sustain early developmental patterns necessary for building a strong foundation between body and brain. Laboratory portion of the course may require students to participate in activities along with children ages at least 24 months old.

This introductory course focuses on development of the 2-5 year-old child in outdoor settings. The physical, cognitive and social-emotional benefits of outdoor play and activity for families and children will be emphasized. Students develop ecological and environmental awareness of local outdoor community resources. Students experience, plan and create safe and appropriate outdoor spaces, caring for and stimulating the positive development of 2-5 year olds in outdoor settings. Students will explore careers and educational pathways in Early Childhood Care and Education.

Complete two courses:

  • HMDV 586 Early Learner Brain Dance (54 hours)
  • HMDV 591 Early Learner Outdoor Enrichment (63 hours)

Enroll Now

Class Class Number Status Room Type Hours per Week Dates Instructor Class Notes Class Description version
apply

1. Apply

Complete a free application
(ESL students click here)

Receive a student ID number

create your account

2. Create Your MYSDCCD Account

Follow the online prompts to stay connected via e-mail

sign up for orientation

3. Choose Classes

Pick your class(es) from the schedule above. Copy the class number(s) of the class(es) you want to take.


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